Thursday, January 10, 2013
The New Year got off to a great start at Lime Kiln Farm, with more than 150 horses and ponies attending over three busy days of showjumping.
Friday saw novice evening jumping where the 20cm class was won by Ella Wilkinson and Maggie, ahead of Jessica Cunnington and Strudel, in her first class competing off the lead-rein. The 30cm was again won by Maggie, this time with Lily Temple holding the reins.
Maggie then took the top spot for the 40cm, with Ella back on board, beating sister Jessica Wilkinson and Tyson in to second. The final class of the night, the 50cm was won by Ziggy Swann and Maddie May.
Saturday saw a dramatic increase in fence size, with course builder Sue Peasely building an inviting and flowing course, as senior British showjumping began with many riders bringing out novices for their first show.
At her first show as a senior, Charlotte Peasley on Robyn’s Petronaella won the British Novice, ahead of Jane Anderson and Jim’s Patch. Jane then went on to take third in the 95cm Open, behind winner Katy Peasley and Rathdowney Guy and Charlotte, this time aboard Millview Bay.
Ellie Weller-Pooley riding Sue Bond’s Echo Royale stood victorious in the Discovery. The 1m National Amateur was hotly contested with just 0.3 seconds separating winner Anna Spratt and Verona’s Valette and second placed Ballina-barney Impella, ridden by Emily Clifton.
Katy Peasley returned to head the line-up in the 1.05m Open on her impressive veteran mare All Or Nothing. The final two classes of the day, the 1.10m and the 1.15m were both won by Ellie Weller-Pooley and Colehill Carerra.
Day three of the weekend was the busiest of all for Trailblazers Showjumping. In the 65cm Open Pony, less than 0.8 seconds separated the top three ponies. Heavenli Hewitt and her pony Oakfield Autumn Gleam were deserving winners, ahead of Alice Casburn and Birdsong in second and Alice Summers and Toblmory in third.
The British Horse Feeds 70cm speed stakes was won in style by Mollie Rix and Rosemore Lucky Touch streets ahead of their nearest rival, Lady In Waiting ridden by Amy Summers.
The extremely competitive RJ Horseboxes 75cm was won by experienced combination Freya Giles and Rupert Bear, nudging Julie Colley and Palermo into second.
Rhiannon Rix riding The Bluestone General was a delighted winner of the Hack Up Ltd 85cm, beating Katie McElligott and Fonz into second.
The final class of the day went to Julie Colley and her ex-racer Take The Mickey.